Distracted Driving Accidents
Nearly every day on Florida roads, accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Unfortunately, many people still text, email, or otherwise play on their phones while driving. Statistics from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) show that “[t]en percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes.” According to www.distraction.gov, “in 2014, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.” Florida Statute section 316.305, also known as the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law, prohibits texting, emailing, and instant messaging while driving. However, the statute makes the offense a “secondary offense” meaning a driver can only be cited if they are stopped for another reason. Unfortunately, the statute does nothing to stop the many people who continue to drive while distracted and those distractions often cause crashes that lead to serious injuries to others on the roadways. If you’ve been hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver, it is critical that you hire a lawyer immediately so that valuable evidence can be requested and preserved. Once you hire attorney Alyson George, she and her staff will take over handling the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on getting the medical treatment you need.